Dozens of images of the new C-Class wagon have been made available, with the new load-lugger – which was widely rumoured to be revealed at the 2014 Paris motor show – featuring a curvy glasshouse and muscled rear-end with tail-lights that look quite similar to the GLA-Class compact SUV.
The more practical body style sees an increase in boot space of just 10 litres over the sedan and five litres more than its predecessor (490L total), which extends to 1510L with the rear seats folded down (10L more than the previous version). The new car will be offered with clever 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats allowing for a relatively flat load-through space, and some variants will see the fitment of an electronic tailgate, while a hands-free boot-lid will also be offered.
The Estate measures 4702mm long, 1810mm wide and features a longer wheelbase of 2480mm compared with the car it replaces (2400mm). Over its predecessor, it is also 65kg lighter.
The line-up mimics the sedan range with a broad range of petrol, diesel and hybrid drivetrains. The ultra-frugal C300 Hybrid turbo-diesel model is likely to be offered from launch in Australia, while an expected C350 Plug-in Hybrid version should follow in 2015. The latter will have a claimed usage of about 3.0 litres per 100km; the former is expected to use 4.0L/100km.
The well-known C200 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol will likely be offered as the entry-level model in Australia, with a choice of petrol or diesel C250 four-cylinder turbo models to sit above it.
The sportier C400 twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 with 245kW and 480Nm is also expected, while the recently rumoured C450 AMG Sport – if offered in Estate guise – will do a little better, with more than 270kW and 500Nm. The hotly anticipated C63 AMG version is to be powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.
All C-Class models sold in Australia will pair their engines with a seven-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
The C-Class wagon is expected to go on sale locally in the fourth quarter of 2014, a few months after the sedan arrives in August. Pricing and specification details will be made public closer to launch.
A new in-car technology system known as Connect Me which was revealed at the 2014 Geneva motor show debuts in the C-Class Estate. It uses a SIM card that is fitted to the car to perform a range of different tasks, including the ability to call emergency services in the event of an accident.
Connect Me is also able to link with the car with its owner, giving them realtime information on the car’s vitals such as fuel consumption and fuel level and servicing details. The system can also automatically turn on the car’s recirculating air conditioning if its GPS tracking system detects a tunnel is coming up.
Other high-tech systems on offer include Collision Prevention Assist, an automated braking system that can work at speeds up to 200km/h. The C-Class’s Distronic Plus radar cruise control also features a tail mode that allows the car to follow the acceleration and braking patterns of cars ahead.
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